The second spot in Championship Week will be determined Thursday with a single game between the San Diego Force and the winner of Wednesday’s Ozark (Mo.)-Cape Girardeau (Mo.) game.
After Thursday’s single game, the busy NBC schedule cranks up with five games on Friday. The survivors of the opening week get a short break — each is guaranteed one off day before resuming play.
Championship Week gets started with two of the tournament’s biggest names playing Friday. Last year’s runner-up Seattle plays the San Antonio Titans at 7 p.m. Defending champion Santa Barbara (Calif.) plays the Northwest (Wash.) Honkers at 10 p.m. The Honkers set up a fund-raising site at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/world-series-bound to pay for their trip to Wichita from Seattle. As of Wednesday, they had raised $4,160 of their $5,000 goal. They also held a car wash.
El Dorado will play Nevada (Mo.) on Friday. The NBC switched the schedule to keep the Broncos from playing Jayhawk League rival Wellington on the first day.
El Dorado pitcher Chance Cotton shut down a threat in the fourth inning with his right arm, although not in the preferred manner.
With two runners on and no outs, San Diego’s Nick Schulz blasted a groundball back at the mound. It smacked off Cotton’s arm and landed a few feet away. He landed on his knees, with his back to the ball.
“It hurt, but ‘Show no weakness on the field,’ and I’ve always been taught that,” Cotton said.
Cotton located the ball and regained his composure in time to throw out Schulz at first.
“Luckily, I gathered myself in time,” he said.
He then regained his composure on the mound to get two groundballs and allow only one run to maintain a 4-1 lead. Cotton, who finished his college career at NCAA Division III Texas-Tyler, is playing with the Broncos this summer in hopes of catching the eye of a pro team.
“This is a big stage for him and a chance to get a look,” El Dorado coach Chad Gerwick said. “He battled his butt off every day and he’s done that all summer.”
Big in the eighth
Cape Girardeau eliminated Liberal with a 6-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon. The Capahas scored four runs in the eighth inning, helped by two errors.
The game unraveled early for the Bee Jays after an error on pitcher Tyler Buss on a sacrifice attempt by Adam Blum. After a pitching change Brandon Bennett singled in Adam Connor and Blum for a 4-2 lead.
Four Ozark pitchers held the San Diego Waves to eight hits in a 5-1 win in an elimination game.
The Generals took a 3-0 lead in the second inning and extended that to 5-1 after five innings.
Cape Girardeau (Mo.) Capahas 6, Liberal Bee Jays 2
Ozark (Mo.) Generals 5, vs. San Diego Waves 1
El Dorado Broncos 6, San Diego Force 2
Cape Giradeau vs. Ozark (Mo.)
Broncos 6, Force 2
|El Dorado||San Diego|
|Cox rf||5||0||1||1||Loud cf||4||0||1||0|
|Clay dh||5||1||1||1||Williams rf||4||0||1||0|
|Ware cf||5||2||3||0||Boggan 1b||4||1||2||1|
|Taylor 3b||4||1||2||2||Leary dh||4||0||2||0|
|Parrett c||4||0||2||0||Esser pr||0||0||0||0|
|Stramp 1b||3||0||2||1||Schulz lf||4||0||1||0|
|McMurray 2b||4||0||1||1||Nordgren 3b||4||0||0||1|
|Mucha lf||3||1||1||0||Miramntes ss||4||0||0||0|
|Coen ss||4||1||1||0||Walters c||2||0||0||0|
E— Miramontes. DP— San Diego 1. LOB— El Dorado 8, San Diego 10. 2B— Taylor. SB — Clay. S — Parrett, Loud.
|Schuermann W,1-0||2 1/3||1||0||0||1||3|
HBP — by Messner (Taylor). PB — Walters. Umpires—Home, Ben Harlow; first, Todd Sigwig; third, Conan Strobel.
Capahas 6, Bee Jays 2
|Liberal||010||010||000||—||2 7 4|
|Cape Girardeau||000||000||24x||—||6 11 0|
W — Wright. L — Buss.
Generals 5, Waves 1
|San Diego||001||000||000||—||1 8 1|
|Ozark||031||100||00x||—||5 5 0|
W — Colbert. L — Schulz.
Bee Jays 7, Alumni 2
|Alumni||000||001||010||—||2 5 2|
|Liberal||420||000||01x||—||7 9 1|
W — Resier. L — Hon.